Re: Mean, MEAN, MEAN!!
"Are Africanized bees the cause behind your hot hives ? "
I don't know. But I do remember my first beekeeping lesson, it was taught while sitting at my grand mother's feet. This was during the aftermath of WWII. I was told that Italian bees were gentle, and that German bees were not. Being a child I connected this to the élan or fighting spirit displayed by the Italian Army verses that displayed by the German Army. Somewhere on an old PC I have a file of newspaper stories spanning 140 years concerning mass fatal bee attacks. The oldest attacks were almost certainly German bees. They enjoyed then and still enjoy today a well deserved reputation for strong and concerted defensive behavior. At any rate, the USDA first introduced AHB into the United States (Michigan, Minnesota, or Wisconsin I think it was) sometime in the late 1940s. If you wish to learn more, go to Michael Bush's excellent web sight. I think he has more in-depth information on this subject than just this one link.
Just to prove to the world that you don't need to dress up like a white knight in a suit of bee armor to gather honey from African bees I am including this video, I have posted it before but I still find it totally amazing, I hope you find it amazing as well. Enjoy.
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